Best Public Pool - 2008
North Beach Pool
Three years after an extensive $7.5 million renovation, North Beach Pool remains the city's sleekest public watering spot. Two parallel 90-foot pools are housed in a low-slung luxury-liner-like milieu of aqua-green mosaic tiles, a retractable skylight, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on the Joe DiMaggio Playground tennis courts and the spires of Peter and Paul. There's even a dry sauna available for postflotation refreshment. The cold pool (76 degrees) is used exclusively by lap swimmers; the warm pool (85 degrees) is for swimming lessons (adult and child), water aerobics, special-needs programs, and recreational backstroking and dog-paddling. Admission is a mere $4 ($5 if you're taking a class), $1-$2 for kids.